International Lecture Series

Jens Hoffmann

Jens Hoffmann (born in San José, Costa Rica, 1974) has been the director of the CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts since 2006, where he has organized a number of solo and group exhibitions including Huckleberry Finn (2010), Moby Dick (2009) and The Wizard of Oz (2008), in addition to directing the Capp Street Project artist residency program and lecturing in the CCA’s graduate program in curatorial practice. Prior to joining CCA Wattis, Hoffmann was director of exhibitions at the ICA , London. He is also the founding editor of The Exhibitionist: Journal on Exhibition Making.

In his talk “Biennials and Curatorial Ambivalence,” Hoffmann will discuss the increasing tendency of deskilling in the field of exhibition-making. Against the background of his recent Untitled (12th Istanbul Biennial), 2011, he will explore what standards of quality and professionalism in curatorial practice can be and point towards the problematic absorption of normative codes that can take place in the absence of thorough and innovative practices.
 

2011–2012 International Lecture Series Donor

J.P. Bickell Foundation